Hulloa and welcome to my collectors site - if You feel like leaving an entry please do so below. Thank You - and all the best with Your collection!
My wife and I would like to express our best wishes to you, Nicholas, and to congratulate you on your website. For any existing or potential new collector, it will both inform and inspire.
Sag, ...träumst Du manchmal auch von Schachfiguren?
Complimenti!!! Mai visto un assortimento simile di figure di scacchi. Un gran lavoro utile per gli amanti e collezionisti!
Olá Lanier!Parabéns pelo museu. Continua.Um abraçoCavadas
Nicky!Bravo! I love it!Kevin
Grande ideia Nicolas, GOSTEIAbraçoJorge Gomes
Great idea! Great passion! Great man!tanti auguriClaudiowww.chess.it
A wonderful site for chess collectors of ALL kinds. I will spread the word to CCI members and all other collectors I know. Floyd Sarisohn Lichess@aol.com
A fantastic site by a passionate collector who loves the game of chess. I was privileged to meet him in Gibraltar last week.
Great work, The CCI should have done this years ago.
Dear Mr. Lanier: Many thanks for your new chess collecting website. I collect staunton style chess sets but found your non-staunton sets quite enjoyable also. But I was wondering why the absence of Jaques sets in your staunton section?
Thanks for your initiative which is very usefull to all chess collectors,historians of the game,etc.I appreciate your comments on our Italian-CCI web site which has also an open database on chess literature and many chess references.I have circulated your web address to all our cci Italian members and to out TCC Editor-Jim Joannou.Best wishes for the future.Gianfelice Ferlito, CCI Executive ,Italy
Dear Mr Lanier,Just a little snippet of information. The wood you labeled as "pepperwood"in your Cayenne set is known in woodturners circles all over the world as "Palmyra". There are two variations; Red Palmyra and Black Palmyra. Yours look as Black Palmyra. Greetings,Jan Hovens
Very nice site! A pleasure to peruse!I couldn't find contact information -- I'm wondering where you are located. Are you connected with the Chess Museum in Florida? Anyway, if you're at the CCI meeting in May (2009), I'll see you there!
One more thing -- Great Links page! I could spend a few months just clicking around on those sites. Thanks for pulling them together. I'm especially interested in what informed people are thinking about the origins of chess -- the theories and evidence that has accumulated since Murray. I've got a lot of reading to do. Thanks for pointing the way.
Добро пожаловать на сайт Компьютерных Гладиаторов- http://www.gladiators-chess.ru/forum/index.php ! У нас вы можете скачать базы партий playchess в формате cbv, дебютные книги в формате ctg, можете обсудить с нами всё, что касается шахмат, компьютеров и компьютерных шахмат, можете сыграть с нами в шахматы.
HelloThankyou for your site! I am not a collector, I do not play chess, but had been left a set. Interested in finding its age name etc.. I started searching, your site is the only place I have seen one like it! eureka!'small british lead' (I have no box but my pieces are in better condition!)Do you know the maker's name? again,Thankyou
Very unique and interesting chess website, keep up the great work.
Unter "Essays and Notes" versteckt sich eine großartige Abhandlung zu der Frage, ob Schachsätze aus Plastik sammelwürdig sind. Die sollte in der Rubrik "Plastic chess sets" angefügt werden, da dort ein fundiertes Wissen über Material und Herstellung vermittelt wird. Insgesamt ist die Website ein lebendiges Schachmuseum in Wort und Bild, das ständig mit Erweiterungen überrascht. Hut ab.
Really nice page!Greetings from Germany!
Beautiful website. I especiallyliked the section that talks aboutthe various chess clocks fromdifferent eras. Please keep up thegood work.Very nice indeed!
Dear Mr. Lanier,Thank you for creating this wonderfully entertaining and informative web-site. If it is possible for you to forward a special message of appreciation to the "tax consultant" (from whose catalogue I have just returned), may I request that you do so for me. As a person interested in the Staunton design and Jaques' rivals, could you inform me, how has it been documented that F H Ayers manufactured the sets which have been attributed to him (or the firm bearing his name).Thank you again for your efforts in creating and updating this site.Very truly yours,Robert E. Stoller, Anchorage, Alaska
Hallo !Verri interesting.I have some chess set which you heve not.Where can i send foto ?(I don´t speak verri well english.)Ondrej MARKO
Quite simply the best all round site for chess collectors there is.It has a superb collection of Links,and a very interesting spread of views .Featuring many less expensive, but important sets, it is a must see site for new collectors.Nick and I met for the first time at the Cambridge CCI meeting in July 2010.
very interesting site!
I really enjoyed your site. Please keep up the good work. I didn't see it (perhaps I overlooked it), but I would like to see a page devoted to the sets coming out of India.
Many thanks, for a quality site for others to look up to and fantastic Links.
Je suis émerveillé de découvrir aujourd'hui ce travail sensationnel, ce trésor devrais-je dire !
Mille bravos et merci de l'avoir conçu pour le plaisir de nous tous, amateurs d'échecs.
Nice display of pieces - I particularly enjoyed the regency styles In fact I'd love to show some reproductions of them in my store.
Really nice site!
I will write about this site at his "Chess in Israel"
Greetings from IsrChess.com!
Thanks: really enjoyed reading this. Captures a lot of what chess is / was. More to an article about an old Vienna factory than why Carlsen can win drawn positions ? Perhaps, but thanks anyway, and all the best.
Congratulations on an excellent, well informed and deeply interesting site.
A joy to read - your passion and enthusiasm for your subject really shines through.
Awesome web site, covering so much history.
I would like to share pictures of my chess set if you send me your e-mail address, I will provide pictures for your review.
Dear sir, thank you for such an informative site! I had a question that I was hoping I could ask by email. is there an address I could use?the one I tried didn't work..thank you! all the best
A wonderful website! A chess player for ages, I appreciate all the valuable information here for the starting collector.
Brilliant site...loved it.
Check out an Ayres set currently on eBay.
Informative web site! I'm looking to replace a missing board for an Anri Montsalvat half gold set that I inherited. My guess is that it is c1960-1980 and the king has a 2 1/4" diameter base and is 6 7/8" high. What size square is appropriate for the 2 1/4" base?
Do you sell or recommend a source for Anri boards or custom boards with acrylic covers so the set can be displayed? I would be grateful for any help that you can give.
HI, ANRI boards were / aee simple well-made veneer boards, nothing unusual about them. Any board will do, You can use the rule that 4 pawns shd fit onto one square. Or if You prefer the set more bunched, for show purposes, a bit smaller than that. Cheers
I want to mention another chess set designed by swiss IM Henry Grob. The pieces look great! Grob was also an artisan. A picture of his modern chess set can be found in his book "Die Eröffnungen in der Schachpartie unter Anwendung des Kampfplanes" on page 110. I will try to find a scanner and load the picture.
Could you supply me with a photo of page 110? I recently bought "Die Eröffnungen", and in my copy there was no photo of this chess set. I look for some time for this beautiful set (which I had used in my youth).
You can find the photograf here:
I enjoy your site as a small time collector and a wood turner who makes chess sets. Thank you. Eric
A wonderful collection - well done
Follow up.. in fact we could really do with one of these in the UK
Really enjoy your site. I'll be back.
Dear sir Nicholas R. Lanier ! Some great and useful job you did! Great site! So many collections from different countries! But there is no chess from Belarus .Please go to the website golovko.by. and if you like our collector's chess,write to us. With respect and gratitude, -- Leonid Golovko
I have not been in Russia or Belarus but I heard that they have chess magazines even in trains. They must be chess crazy! When I was young - somewhere in the 70s, we bought chess books from eastern germany, who sold the sowiet chess books translated to German. Mr. Lanier, you should check this out!
Everything changes. The trains I special chess magazines are not met.But throughout the former Soviet Union chess,in my opinion , love and appreciate until now.
Hello, chess in Russia (in fact, the former SU) is regarded as a serious occupation, and highly respected. Chess mags in trains would not be surprising, except there are few magazines left ( 64 mag?) . The Fiskultura connection to the GDR Sportsverlag is well known ...Cheers
I am trying to find info on a game we have found. It is a vest pocket board game. It is black leather outside and when unfolded the inside is a brown leather. It has slots for the pieces for storage and slots for playing. It is flat and the board folds and fits into a black leather fabric lined wallet with a horse head on it. I have found only a couple of pictures of ones that look like it. Any info would be helpful, Thanks, Susan
Hi, you should start with an internet search, for example http://www.google.com/search?q=(pocket+OR+travel)+chess+black+brown+leather+zipper+foldable+"flat+pieces". By improving your search you could find what you have in mind.
HI, from wht You describe this is a pocket set for analysing, mainly correspondence games. Very handy siting in a train, plane or slow lane(:-- Remember fromerly folks did not have a led-euqipped smart phone to show up diagrams of ches positions...there is one shown in the Museum under Travel Set as Leather CC Board...
PS This is not the ideal entry to the Museum - try Contact next time....
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Thanks to your website, I was able to identify my Philippine Staunton set I purchased back in the 70s. While I was in the Navy, my ship stopped in the Philippines where I purchased a rather large set. I recently got it out of storage and started researching its origin. Low and behold, an exact match to what you show on line here. The set is marvelous and I have never seen another one like it. I think I spent $20 USD at the time to acquire it from a small shop. I'm still looking for a suitable storage box for it as the King is nearly 5" tall.
Hello Harry, good to hear that. For storing prized chess pieces - 20.- USD indeed, but the dollar had a much higher relative value in those days! - one practical option is to buy a used leather document suitcase - fe on ebay or in an estate sale - get some foam rubber, and stuff the inside with this , cutting out sutiable shapes for the pices. This can be dolled up by gluing some tissue or cloth over the whole thing. Good moves always, take care
PS To a large degree, it is through servicemen like You that these sets started appearing in the USA! Subic Bay Base etc.
The guestbook reveals what great esteem this site rightly deserves in the world of chess collectors. I would like to join the ranks of well-known collectors and congratulate you on this wonderful site. Whenever I am looking for information about one of my new acquisitions, this page is my first point of contact. If there is no information here, I know it will be hard. So again, congratulations! I will continue to drop by again and again.
I'm a chess fan from America. Grew up with the old Peter Ganine Superba/Gothic, various Staunton and miscellaneous carved stone chess sets.
Thank you for displaying your collection, it is very informative.
Vielen Dank, mein Herr. Tut mir leid, mein Deutsch ist sehr schlecht. Meinen Vorfahren kommt aus Die Schweiz und Rheinlan-Pfalz.
Nicholas R. Lanier